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Report | Tigers defeated by Falcons

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Leicester Tigers suffered a 19-point, 45-26 defeat to Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park in Round 15 of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership.

A second-half fightback, which included 21 points to the home side's 17, wasn't enough for victory but did ensure Tigers returned to the East Midlands with a competition point for four tries.

Both teams were engaged in a territorial battle for the opening 10 minutes, through the boot of both half-backs and full-backs, before the home side were the first to take advantage of a chance deep inside Leicester's half.

A lineout 5m out from the visitors line was won and brought down, before the ball was played out to the left and - just a few phases following the set piece - Mateo Carreras crossed for the first of the match.

Brett Connon converted the score to see Falcons lead 7-0 after 11 minutes.

Newcastle looked certain to score a second only a few minutes later when Carreras broke away down the left hand touchline before chipping ahead and colliding with Freddie Steward in the chase.

The collision was deemed the fault of the Tigers full-back and, in the potential scoring sequence, resulted in a yellow card for Steward and 10 minutes a man down for his side.

Newcastle looked to make the most of their overlap but were sent away on successive occasions by Tigers, who held on to not concede any points during the sin-bin period. 

However, only two minutes after Steward's return, Carreras was at it again down the left wing and kicked ahead only for Dan Kelly to prevent a second for the Argentinian with a scrambling effort at the back.

Kelly knocked on in the try-saving effort which saw the home side awarded a scrum 5m out and, only two phases following the set piece, they crashed over from close range through Callum Chick.

Connon's conversion meant the lead was out to 14 points, albeit not for long after Tigers mounted pressure and broke through down their left wing with some impressive interplay down the blind side.

Matt Scott, who made the break, was cut down just inches from the Falcons line but from the next phase, Ben Youngs saw an opportunity and took it when he dived over in the corner for Leicester's first.

Newcastle ensured the Tigers fightback was halted soon after their first score with a double from Carreras.

The first, on the inside of Connon close to Tigers line, stretched the lead to 16 points before he intercepted a pass inside his own half and ran the length of the field to secure his hat-trick before the break and a 28-5 lead closing in on half-time.

Tigers looked to have cut the deficit by seven points after five successive penalties against the hosts on their own line at maul time. 

Newcastle lock Greg Peterson was sent to the sin-bin but not penalty try awarded before Charlie Clare looked to have crossed when the referee awarded the front-rower a try, only for it to be overturned after the TMO spotted a knock-on.

The disallowed try meant the gap remained at 23 points at the break.

Leicester came out firing in the second-half and found themselves on the Falcons line just two minutes in which was converted from close range as Ollie Chessum crashed through to reach out and score.

Charlie Atkinson, in his first Premiership start for the club, converted to close the gap to 16 points before Falcons extended it out to 19 with a penalty-goal for Connon a few minutes later.

Approaching the hour mark and the hosts had their fifth with hooker Jamie Blamire scoring from the back of a driving maul and Connon converted to see them lead 38-12.

Sean Jansen was brought on in the back-row and helped up the tempo with his barraging style in attack before being held up over the line.

Tigers were down to 14 men in the 68th minute when Tommy Reffell was shown a yellow card but rallied to score a third when Jimmy Gopperth crossed on the wing after coming on in a backline reshuffle following injury to Harry Simmons.

Gopperth's try was converted by Atkinson with a drop-kick from the touchline.

Two minutes later and Falcons score their sixth and final try when former Leicester centre Matías Moroni crossed under the posts for the hosts and Connon converted to see them out to 45 points.

Reffell's sin bin ended with a milestone moment for Emeka Ilione, who came on for his fellow back-rower with two minutes remaining to make his Premiership debut.

With time up on the clock, Tigers continued to press for a bonus-point score and were rewarded for their perseverance when Jansen - who was denied early - crashed through and scored, which was converted by Atkinson, to see the difference finish at 19 points at Kingston Park.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

NEW 28-5 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

NEW 45-26 LEI

Attendance

6,122

Referee

Tom Foley

Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle Falcons
45

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
26
Newcastle Falcons
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
C
P
T
C
T
C
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
T
T
C
T
C
T
C

Match Stats

Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers
Possession
43%
57%
Territory
36%
64%
Penalties Conceded
16
10
Yellow Cards
1
2
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
165/182 91%
106/132 80%
Scrums Won
5/5 100%
2/2 100%
Lineouts Won
13/13 100%
20/20 100%

Player Stats

Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Freddie Steward
14Harry Potter
13Matt Scott
12Dan Kelly
11Harry Simmons
10Charlie Atkinson3C
9Ben Youngs1T
1James Cronin
2Charlie Clare
3Dan Cole
4Harry Wells
5Calum Green
6Ollie Chessum1T
7Tommy Reffell
8Hanro Liebenberg
16Joe Taufete'e
17Nephi Leatigaga
18Joe Heyes
19Cameron Henderson
20Emeka Ilione
21Sean Jansen1T
22Jack van Poortvliet
23Jimmy Gopperth1T

Commentary

FALCONS VICTORIOUS AT HOME

Newcastle Falcons are the winners, 45-26, with Leicester Tigers securing a lone Premiership point to take away after four tries.

CON | CHARLIE ATKINSON

Charlie Atkinson converts the Sean Jansen try with the final play of the game.

TRY | SEAN JANSEN

The visitors score their fourth of the game, securing a bonus-point, as Sean Jansen bursts through from close range on the back of a patiently worked attack. 

SUB | EMEKA ILIONE

Tommy Reffell's sin bin is over and, in his place, Emeka Ilione is on in the back-row and for his Premiership debut.

CON | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Successful conversion attempt from Brett Connon extends the Newcastle lead to 45-19 with five minutes remaining at Kingston Park.

TRY | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

A midfield break from the home side sees them deep inside Leicester's half and, with some quick hands to the left they find numbers before Matías Moroni goes through and over to score.

CON | CHARLIE ATKINSON

From the left touchline, Charlie Atkinson opts to drop-kick the conversion and lands it.

TRY | JIMMY GOPPERTH

Immediate impact from Jimmy Gopperth, who scores out wide, after an impressive build-up from the visitors in attack from deep inside their own half sets up the opportunity.

SUB | LEICESTER TIGERS

Harry Simmons is replaced by Jimmy Gopperth after what looks to be a leg injury for the Tigers back. 

YELLOW | TOMMY REFFELL

The TMO intervenes on a tackle made by Tommy Reffell a few phases earlier, which is deemed high and he's shown a yellow card.

61

TIGERS HELD UP

Sean Jansen is held up over the line despite fighting for the grounding after a rampaging run for the line.

SUB | LEICESTER TIGERS

Nephi Leatigaga and Sean Jansen are on in place of James Cronin and Harry Wells, with the latter shifting Ollie Chessum into the second-row from flanker.

CON | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Brett Connon again successful from the tee, extending the Falcons lead to 26 points after 55 minutes.

TRY | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

The home side cross from a driving maul with Jamie Blamire the man at the back of the pack to get over.

SUB | LEICESTER TIGERS

A second set of changes for the visitors as Ben Youngs is replaced by Jack van Poortvliet and Dan Cole by Joe Heyes.

SUB | LEICESTER TIGERS

In the first replacement made for Leicester Tigers, Cameron Henderson is brought on at lock in place of Calum Green.

PEN | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

The home side's lead is out to 19 points, with 34 minutes remaining, after a successful penalty-goal attempt from Brett Connon. 

CON | CHARLIE ATKINSON

Charlie Atkinson converts Ollie Chessum's try from in front of the posts and cuts the Falcons lead to 16 points.

TRY | OLLIE CHESSUM

A fast-start from Leicester is rewarded as Ollie Chessum crashes over after a strong driving maul from the Falcons 5m line, thanks a good touch-finder deep into Newcastle's half.

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY

Newcastle Falcons get the game going again, kicking deep into Tigers half, who return the ball through the boot before winning back possession - and a penalty - at the breakdown. 

NEWCASTLE LEAD AT THE BREAK

Newcastle Falcons lead 28-5 at the break here at Kingston Park.

39

TMO OVERRULES TIGERS TRY

A try is awarded on-field to Charlie Clare, from the back of a driving maul, but the TMO is checking it ... and rules it as no try after finding a knock-on in the attempt to score from the fifth maul on Newcastle's line.

YELLOW | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

The home side are down to 14 men after a fourth infringement at the maul and it's Greg Peterson who is off for ten minutes.

39

TRIO OF CHANCES

The home side are penalised for a third successive infringement on their line, at the maul, as Tigers look for a score before the break.

CON | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Brett Connon kicks his fourth, from in front of the posts, to see the Falcons lead by 23 points just sixty seconds from half-time.

TRY | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

The home side score their fourth, securing a bonus-point before the break at home, as Mateo Carreras crosses for his hat-trick after intercepting a Leicester pass inside his own end and running the length.

CON | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

The home side extend the lead to 21-5 approaching the break as Brett Connon makes it three from three from the tee.

TRY | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Mateo Carreras dives over under the posts for the home side after receiving a pass back on the inside from Brett Connon, who skips his way through the first line of Leicester defence.

TRY | BEN YOUNGS

A break down the left touchline from Matt Scott, one off the ruck, sets up a chance just inches from the Falcons line and Ben Youngs darts blind from the back to score.

CON | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Falcons extend their lead to 14-0 after 29 minutes in Newcastle with a successful conversion from in front of the posts. 

TRY | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

The home side have a second, through Callum Chick, after building pressure off the ruck from close range on the back a scrum just 5m out from the Tigers line.

27

FALCONS BREAK AWAY

The home side find space down the left wing and Mateo Carreras chips ahead but Dan Kelly does enough to prevent what looked like a certain score, with the help of the bounce of the ball, but knocks on in an attempt to clean up. 

26

STEWARD RETURNS

Freddie Steward is back on the field following his 10 minutes in the bin.

25

TOMMY TURNOVER

Tommy Reffell - with the help of Dan Kelly - put an end to a Newcastle attack on halfway with a brilliant defensive effort and turnover, winning a penalty. 

Just two minutes later and he's at it again, pinching a free ball from the back of a Falcons breakdown. 

18

TIGERS HOLD TIGHT

Under pressure from the home side, Leicester win back possession - and a penalty - on their tryline while a man down.

YELLOW | FREDDIE STEWARD

Freddie Steward is shown a yellow card after being ruled to have taken down a Newcastle Falcons chaser, Mateo Carreras, following a chip-and-chase from the home side's winger with a run to the line.

CON | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Newcastle extend their lead to seven points with a successful conversion from Brett Connon.

TRY | NEWCASTLE FALCONS

The home side are the first to cross for five points, a few phases after a lineout inside the Tigers 22, with Mateo Carreras on the end of some quick hands to the left.

10

ATTACKING CHANCE FOR FALCONS

The home side with the first real chance of the afternoon, after finding touch deep inside Leicester's half from a penalty against the visitors near halfway at the breakdown.

7

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Two Tigers players are down and receiving medical attention but look good to carry on.

5

TERRITORIAL BATTLE

Both sides sending almost everything deep, from the boot, early on here in the North East as the battle for territory dominates the first five minutes.

KICK OFF AT KINGSTON PARK

This Round 14 fixture gets going in Newcastle as Leicester Tigers send it deep from the kick-off! 

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FIRST FIXTURE OF 2023

We are in Newcastle for the first Leicester Tigers fixture of 2023, taking on the Falcons at Kingston Park! 

Kick-off is just minutes away...


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Tom Penny
14
Adam Radwan
13
Matias Moroni
12
Matias Orlando
11
Mateo Carreras
10
Brett Connon
9
Sam Stuart
1
Adam Brocklebank
2
Jamie Blamire
3
Trevor Davison
4
Greg Peterson
5
Sebastian de Chaves
6
Gary Graham
7
Callum Chick
8
Carl Fearns

Subs

16
Charlie Maddison
17
Logovi'i Mulipola
18
Richard Palframan
19
Matthew Dalton
20
Tom Marshall
21
Michael Young
22
Tian Schoeman
23
Elliott Obatoyinbo

Team News | Tigers side to face Falcons

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Richard Wigglesworth has named the Leicester Tigers matchday squad to play Newcastle Falcons in Round 15 of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership.

The Head Coach has made a handful of changes to his starting side from last weekend’s defeat away to Sale Sharks.

Harry Simmons will make his first start of the league campaign in a back-three alongside Harry Potter and Freddie Steward.

In the Leicester midfield, Matt Scott is included alongside Dan Kelly.

Ben Youngs, one of two vice-captains for the fixture against Falcons alongside Dan Cole, partners Charlie Atkinson as the starting half-backs.

Cole and Charlie Clare retain their place in the front-row, with James Cronin returning from injury to make up the trio.

Calum Green, who made his 100th Tigers appearance off the bench in Round 14, joins Harry Wells in the second-row, which sees Ollie Chessum shift to the back-row with Tommy Reffell and captain Hanro Liebenberg.

Nephi Leatigaga, Joe Heyes, Sean Jansen and Jack van Poortvliet are retained in the matchday squad from last weekend’s match, joined by new faces on the bench in Joe Taufete’e, Cameron Henderson, Emeka Ilione and Jimmy Gopperth.

If used, Ilione will make his Premiership debut.

STARTING XV
15 Freddie Steward [64]
14 Harry Potter [53]
13 Matt Scott [54]
12 Dan Kelly [48]
11 Harry Simmons [26]
10 Charlie Atkinson [7]
9 Ben Youngs (vc) [291]
1 James Cronin [8]
2 Charlie Clare [65]
3 Dan Cole (vc) [302]
4 Harry Wells [168]
5 Calum Green [100]
6 Ollie Chessum [40]
7 Tommy Reffell [88]
8 Hanro Liebenberg (c) [72]

REPLACEMENTS
16 Joe Taufete’e [3]
17 Nephi Leatigaga [76]
18 Joe Heyes [111]
19 Cameron Henderson [24]
20 Emeka Ilione [6] *
21 Sean Jansen [12]
22 Jack van Poortvliet [57]
23 Jimmy Gopperth [6]

* Premiership debut

Newcastle XV: 15 Tom Penny (c), 14 Adam Radwan, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Matias Orlando, 11 Mateo Carreras, 10 Brett Connon, 9 Sam Stuart; 1 Adam Brocklebank, 2 Jamie Blamire, 3 Trevor Davison, 4 Greg Peterson, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 6 Gary Graham, 7 Callum Chick, 8 Carl Fearns

Replacements: 16 Charlie Maddison, 17 Logovi’i Mulipola, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Matthew Dalton, 20 Tom Marshall, 21 Michael Young, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Elliott Obatoyinbo

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Form Guide
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Beat Leicester Tigers 45-26
Past Meeting
Won 45-26
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Past Meeting
Lost 26-45

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